Biggest one-day spike with 24,879 virus cases in India

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"The focus of COVID-19 management in the country has been to keep the fatalities low", it said. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 27,114 new cases have been reported in the last one day, and 519 people have died. Tamil Nadu remained the second worst hit with a total of 1,30,261 cases, including 1,829 deaths. We have 15 deaths per million population whereas we have countries where it is 40 times as much, said OSD Rajesh Bhushan.

The meeting, chaired by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, was joined by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilisers and Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya. "In some geographical areas, there have been localised outbreaks".

In the 24-hour period, 19,138 COVID-19 patients got cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases to 4,95,515 on Friday, the ministry said. In all, 32 districts account for 80 per cent of these fatalities.

There are 2,76,682 active cases and all are under medical supervision.

Featured image: Health workers collect swab samples from people for COVID -19 tests, in New Delhi, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The United States remained the worst affected country as it recorded at least 62,500 new Covid-19 cases on Friday in a record daily increase for the third consecutive day.

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It has also been reported that in terms of growth rate of COVID-19 related fatalities, India's numbers exceed any other country. There are 1,115 COVID-19 testing labs in the country, including 793 labs in the government sector and 322 private labs.

"In the current situation it is unlikely we can eradicate this virus", Dr Mike Ryan, said during online briefing from Geneva. "This is lower than that of many other countries", a statement from the ministry said.

Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed almost 555,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since emerging in China last December.

According to sources a vaccine for Covid-19 could be available only by early next year.

As regards the COVID-19 healthcare infrastructure in India, the GoM was informed that as on Thursday, there were 3,914 facilities across the country with 3,77,737 isolation beds (without ICU support), 39,820 ICU beds and 1,42,415 oxygen-supported beds, along with 20,047 ventilators. The aim of the letter was to ask sites to fast-track it. Then it took 10 days to cross seven lakh. We are aware of this and within the ministry, there is a technical group of domain knowledge experts headed by DGHS that is looking into the evidence as it comes up.

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